National Junior Golf Association





Leatherman Golf Learning Center






5845 SOUTH TRYON STREET | CHARLOTTE, NC 28217 | Phone: 704-527-1123


Chris Leatherman, Director of Instruction


Chris is the Owner and Director of Instruction at Leatherman Golf Learning Center. He is a Class “A” Member of the PGA of America. Chris has been teaching professionally for 28 years and has 38 years of competitive playing experience.

He is a member of the PGA Presidents Council for growing the game of golf. Chris teaches players of all ages and skill levels. His teaching philosophy is based on a thorough understanding of the five basic fundamentals of golf. This simplistic approach builds the foundation for a reliable, natural golf swing which produces accuracy, control, consistency, and effortless power.

Leatherman Golf Learning Center
Monday - Friday 10:00am-8:30pm | Saturday 9:30am-8:30pm | Sunday 10:00am-8:00pm


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DÉSARÉE FESTA, PH.D. | Phone: 980-272-0221





Dr. Desaree Festa is a Sport & Performance Psychologist who specializes in working with professional, international, collegiate, and elite amateur athletes. In addition to UNC Charlotte Athletics, she works with the Charlotte Hornets (NBA), Roush Fenway Racing (NASCAR), and Charlotte Checkers (AHL). She is also an approved Treating Clinician for the NFL and has helped many members of Team USA or individuals training for the Olympic Trials. Dr. Desaree consults with athletes throughout the nation as well as international competitors. She is the Director of Mind Over Body at Southeast Psych and is the Sports Psychologist for Ultimate Performance Sports in Charlotte.

Dr. Desaree is a 2 for 1! She is both licensed as a psychologist and certified as a Mental Performance Consultant.  She possesses the highest level and most comprehensive training in order to provide the best assistance for her athletes and teams. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology & School Psychology and received an additional master’s degree in Sport & Performance Psychology. She received both graduate degrees from Florida State University and was a doctoral intern at The College of William & Mary where she worked with athletes and college students.  She is trained in biofeedback technology, both in Heart Rate Variability and the comprehensive multimodality system, which provides insights into an athlete’s psychophysiological response to stressors and training.

Dr. Desaree is passionate about maximizing the whole person, both in mental performance and personal wellbeing, and does this by utilizing the latest research, evidence-based approaches, and technology. She has published empirical research and contributes to news/media programs on various mental performance and mental health issues for athletes.  Her aspiration to be a Sport & Performance Psychologist started way back in high school when she discovered her two loves: sports and helping others.



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930 37th Ave. | Hickory NC 28601 | Phone: 704-232-3673



Allen Burton, Director of Instruction

His passion for golf, the wealth of knowledge and communication skills allows him to teach all age groups and skill levels. Allen has taught thousands of lessons in his golf teaching career spanning almost two decades. He continues to be a student of the game himself, as he has, for over 40 years.

Allen Burton, from Lake Hickory Country Club, has been named to U.S. Kids Golf’s annual list of Master Kids Teachers. The Award recognizes the world’s most outstanding youth golf instructors, and Burton is part of a select group that earned Top 50 accolades three times, making Burton a Master Kids Teacher.


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Jacobi Golf Inc. One Man's Game.
1680 Pageland Hwy. | Monroe NC 28112  | Phone: 704-516-7710


Nicholas S. Jacobi, PGA

Nicholas Jacobi, PGA Master Professional

Over the past ten years, Nick has given over 7,500 golf lessons and has developed many junior and ladies programs. He has also taught three classes at the Queens University of Charlotte in their PGA Program. Nick also created the first-ever Charlotte area winter tournament series for PGA Professionals. Recently, Nick has served as swing coach for Wingate University and has just joined the staff as an assistant golf coach for Pfeiffer University. Nick is currently one of only 20 PGA Certified Golf Instructors in North Carolina. Nick takes great pride in growing and playing the game of golf. Nick was recently nominated as a candidate for 2017 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year.

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A&J Painting
1701 Villard St. | Gastonia NC 28054  | Phone: 704-524-3966


Allen Wiggins, Professional Painter & CEO of A&J Painting

After high school, Allen went on to develop a painting company called A&J Painting. Allen quickly developed a love to help kids develop a great career in golf. Hosting the tournaments and seeing kids of all ages come out and have fun influenced Allen to take the tour to another level. His love of helping juniors is not just on the golf course, Allen has been on every position available on the board for the Boys and Girls Club for over 23 years. He also has been with the Optimist for 29 years and has served as President and Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina West Optimist District. He is an elder at Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Church and has been a part of the session for the past 6 years. 









  PAR. 4 Success 

Par4Success is a results-driven golf fitness & performance company and is housed in a state of the art 6,000 sq/ft facility in Raleigh, NC.

Through intelligent programming based on the latest research, we affect amazing positive changes in performance on and off the course.

Our individualized performance plans deliver improved sports performance, flexibility, and strength that result in significant increases in distance, consistency, and resilience.

Our in-house team includes Physical Therapists, Strength and Conditioning Specialists and Golf Fitness Professionals all working together to assure our golfers' goals are met and potentially achieved.


Chris is a licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Strength, and Conditioning Specialist, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Professional and trained to perform Trigger Point Dry Needling in North Carolina.  He is regarded as the premier Golf Fitness, Performance & Medical Expert in North Carolina.

Since starting Par4Success in 2011, Chris has and continues to work with Touring Professionals, elite level Juniors & amateurs as well as weekend warriors. He has contributed to numerous media outlets, is a published author, consultant and presents all over the state on topics such as Junior Athletic Development, Injury Prevention and Power/Speed improvement for golfers.

Chris is an avid, single-digit golfer himself, and enjoys spending his time away from the golf course with his wife and two children.


Christopher Finn, PT, CSCS, TPI GFMP, Owner
2200 Gateway Centre Blvd
Suite 203
Morrisville, NC 27560